Tuesday, 14 February 2017

My St. Valentine's Day Table!

I must admit, that after many, many overpriced, forced romantic, sleeping sitting up, hour and a half slot allocated, table placed in overspill tent out back, unsatisfactory Valentine's meals at fancy restaurant...

...In recent years, we've tended to leave the £150 'Romantic' Set menu's based around a heart shaped chocolate souffle to the younger crowd....

Now, if this makes me sound a bit "Bah Humbug" about romance, really I'm not...

I LOVE the idea of celebrating St. Valentines day, I just prefer to make it a family and friends occasion, and to leave the romantic dinners for the other 364 days of the year...

So here is my pre-prepared St. Valentine's table for a family supper this evening...

The plates are the gorgeous Schiap style that I found in the sale at OKA.  They're bolder than my normal choice of white, cream or pastels, but I think that they add interest and are a sophisticated change to my usual French creamware.

My trusty hand blown, Dee Puddy green glasses are out again in force, and you can't go wrong with a vintage French soupier full of roses and  a regiment of vintage brass candlesticks - candlelight is a good choice for ANY occasion.

So there it is, and if you'd like to see me actually setting the table in 'live' action, then you can see it on my YouTube channel HERE!

...And finally, in this high pressured day and age of "50 Shades of All Things Romantic" and in keeping with my aversion to all things that are too 'forced' romantic on Valentine's Day, the only thing trussed up in stockings tonight will be the of Paupiette of chicken in a wild mushroom sauce that I shall be serving for dinner tonight...sorry Darling!!

Until Next Time,



  1. The new eating out is definitely eating in. Personally I find a candlelit dinner with family and friends either here in our house or in their houses most of the time beats restaurants hands down, besides your table is so classically simple, love it!

    1. Totally agreed - and what could be better than knowing you have only a few stairs to climb after a good meal with wine - haha! Thank you for your lovely comment. x

  2. Your Valentine’s Day table decoration is awesome. For my valentine I had arranged a small party. I was stuck up in business meeting at corporate event venues San Francisco. But I am happy she loved all arrangements and we had an enjoyable day with all my dear ones.

    1. Thank you SO much for visiting and leaving a comment! Oh gosh - i'm sorry to hear that you were stuck at work on Valentine's - but it sounds as though she enjoyed the day anyway - definitely a keeper!! xxxx

  3. I agree with you whole heartily Ms. Paula! My husband will ask do you want to go out and I just don't want to as much anymore. I don't know about where you live but service here is not all that great anymore. I would rather make a crusted salmon, brown rice and roasted veggies with some French bread here at home! Wonderful post!


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